A Laurel hedge is a type of hedge made up of Laurel trees. Laurel hedges are popular because they are dense and evergreen, providing privacy and security all year round. They can be either formal or informal in shape, and are often used to create boundaries or divide areas of garden. Laurel hedges can be pruned into a variety of shapes and sizes, making them versatile and easy to maintain.
Laurel hedges are a popular choice for gardeners because they are relatively low maintenance. They do not require much watering or feeding, and can tolerate a variety of different soil types.
The Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is the most common type of Laurel hedge, and is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that can reach up to 6 metres in height. Other popular varieties include the Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica), which has slightly larger leaves, and the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), which is a slower-growing variety that can reach up to 10 metres in height.
Laurel is a fast-growing hedge plant, which can make it perfect for creating instant privacy and security in your garden. However, it is important to keep on top of the pruning to ensure that your hedge remains at a manageable size.
When pruning a Laurel hedge, it is important to use sharp, clean secateurs or shears to avoid damaging the branches. It is best to prune in late spring or early summer, before the new growth begins to appear.